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MRSA: 1.2 percent of hospital stays in California (2013)

In 2013, there were over 3.1 million inpatient stays in California hospitals, according to the California State Inpatient Database – which includes information on patients of all ages.  This study examines characteristics of those patients who had a hospital stay associated with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA).  Here are some of the findings:

  • 1.2 percent of California hospital stays involved MRSA
  • 1 in 100 California hospital stays involved MRSA
  • Over 40 percent of the MRSA was associated with cellulitis or skin ulcers
  • Only 8 percent of hospitalized patients with MRSA acquired their MRSA in a hospital
  • Another 41.9 percent of hospitalized patient with MRSA acquired their MRSA in the community after contact with some type of health care facility

Source: Sutton, J.P., and Steiner, C.A. (2016, Oct.). Hospital-, health care-, and community-acquired MRSA: Estimates from California hospitals, 2013. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief, 212.  Click here: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb212-MRSA-Hospital-Stays-California-2013.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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